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Stieg Larsson

Bestselling writer

A diverse background

Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish writer and journalist.

Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004 he finished three detective novels in his trilogy "The Millenium-series" which were published posthumously; "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest". Altogether, his trilogy has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 countries (spring of 2010), and he was the second bestselling author in the world in 2008.

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STIEG LARSSON, 1954-2004

Before his career as a writer, Stieg Larsson was mostly known for his struggle against racism and right-wing extremism. Starting in the late 1970's, he combined his work as a graphic designer with holding lectures on right-wing extremism for Scotland Yard. During the following years he became an expert on the subject and held many lectures as well as writing many novels on the subject. In 1995, when 8 people were killed by neo-Nazis in Sweden, he was the main force behind the founding of the Expo-foundation, a group intended on exposing neo-Nazi activity in Sweden. From 1999 onwards he was appointed chief editor of the magazine Expo.

During the last 15 years of his life, he and his life companion Eva Gabrielsson lived under constant threat from right-wing violence.

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The legacy

Controversy surrounding the legacy

Stieg left no written will, and according to Swedish law, Stieg's full estate was inherited by his father and brother. This sparked a dispute between them and Stieg's life companion Eva Gabrielsson, who was left with nothing. The situation is complicated by the fact that Eva controls the script for the 4th book in the Millennium series.

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The 4th Book

"I can finish the fourth manuscript"

In the book "Stieg and Moi" that Eva Gabrielsson (Stieg Larsson's life companion) is currently writing together with Marie Francois Colombani, Eva says that she could finish the fourth manuscript that Stieg and she had already started working on.  She also reveals the swedish title of the fourth manuscript, "Guds hämd" (English translation: God's revenge)

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Praised actress in the limelight

Rooney Mara praised as Lisbeth Salander

Ronney Mara has been highly praised for her role as Lisbeth Salander in David Finchers version of "The girl with the dragon tattoo". Mara has in only a few years made it from tv shows like "ER" to become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses.

 

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Career

A unusual path

There are many ways to become writer, even so, Stieg's path is quite unusual.

He started working at a post office, moving on to a graphic designer job at a news bureau, starting the Expo foundation and working as chief editor. And somewhere in the middle of all this, a great writer steps forward.

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Acknowledged actress

Noomi Rapace

In the original movies based on the Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander is played by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. Noomi is a well acknowledged actress with fifteen years of experience as an actress.

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Millennium Stockholm Map

Millennium Stockholm Map

Get to know Stieg Larsson's Stockholm

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Life companion

Eva Gabrielsson

In this interview by the Swedish national televsision, Stieg Larsson's life companion Eva Gabrielsson reveals the truth behind the man that was Stieg Larsson. She discusses her claims in the controversy surrounding Stieg's legacy as well as her claims for a part of the royalty.

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Hollywood movies

Remake by David Fincher

Columbia Pictures has bought the rights to make a Hollywood version of the Millenium films. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara have been apointed to play Michael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. Signed on to the project is also the writer Steve Zaillian (Se7en) and director David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7ven).

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Personal background

A life under constant threat

During the last 15 years of his life, he and his life companion Eva Gabrielsson lived under constant threat from right-wing violence. He regarded his writing of detective novels as relaxing. Keeping track of loose ends, characters and made up conspiracies posedno problem since it was, after all, fiction.

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The trilogy

Millennium trilogy

Stieg Larsson had always been interested in detective novels, and he was very familiar the works of Elizabeth George and Minette Walters. He knew what ingredients a good detective story should have, and he even reluctantly decided to spice it up with a bit of sex as it would probably please his readers.

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Discussion

Discussion boards

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Is your prime interest the movies being made? Or are you a huge fan of Lisbeth Salander?

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An absolute gem of a trilogy. Just starting the 3rd book. Unputdownable.

Translated beautifully.

- A Smitheman, 2 January 2011

Just finished the 3rd book today - I couldn't put it down - had to finish it.

- N. Elder 2 January 2011, 3 January 2011

well, but the title is completely different from the one Larson chose! Why do you think he chose "Queen of a castle of air"?

- thais, 8 January 2011

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I read the first two books in 4 days! My son gave me the third one for Christmas and I am afraid to start reading because I know I will be angry with myself for reading too fast knowing that it is the last one. I have put Mr Larsson in my top 2 favorite authors and hope that he realized how brilliant he was.

- lilalipoo, 2 January 2011

Hi I Also got the 3rd book for Christmas and finished it last week fantastic series My mom of 84 now reading 2nd book also cannot put it down

What a loss Steig dying so suddenly imagine where the story could have gone to with his great mind Eva I hope you can make a plan about the 4th book will definatly buy it and I hope it make you very rich like the Harry Potter and Outlander series regards from South Africa

- Eileen, 13 January 2011

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Thank you for the books you have written, I think they are very fantastic.

- , 2 January 2011

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I know because I have been a victim of their misogynist violence for years. How could he have been so deluded as to not see the threat from them? It seems that women are always the victims.

And as for this guy, why did he not make provisions for his longtime love?

- renegada, 30 December 2010

To your second comment.....Probably because he was young and didn't think he would die so soon. Is this a problem for you?????

- A Smitheman, 2 January 2011

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I wonder what Larsson thought about the fascism of the muslims who are now threatening his country.

- renegada, 30 December 2010

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Please tell me how Lisbeth Salander's fingerprints turned up on the murder weapon in the book "Played with Fire." It may well have been late into the night while I was reading the passages which explained that one... and it didn't register.

- Karin Barro, 30 December 2010

When she was searching B's apt and opened one of the drawers she saw his gun there.

The book didn't specifically say that she handled it but it was obvious that she would have picked it up. (Certainly in retrospect)

- Duh?, 31 December 2010

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Can anyone tell me where to find a Spanish translation of the Trilogy?

- Huge One, 30 December 2010

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I was flying out of Cardiff (Wales) and rushed to the book store for something to read for the travel ahead.

Picked up the second of the millennium series (should have had my glasses on - missed the part detailing the millennium series in small type) - Once bought could not put the book down.

Now have the first and third in the series (for Christmas) and bought the full series for my eldest son who is in Norway for the New Year. Relishing the thought of reading these

I share Bill's comments below - says it all.

With the Wikileaks story coming out hot the heels of my finishing the book makes me wonder -

Did Stieg Larsson know Assanger (of Wilileaks)?

- Rob, South Wales, 29 December 2010

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M. Larson,

Thank you so much for Lizbeth Salinder and how she inspires me in the though times I'm going through. Your work means a lot to me and helps me a lot to find the courage to get through all that. Just wanted you to know that not only you created a magistral trilogy, but that it also helped a woman somewhere... and many many more, I'm sure.

Merci!

- MEP, Canada, 29 December 2010

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I just love his books; wish he'd lived longer to write all ten.

- Judy Coolidge-Fill, 28 December 2010

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